Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1991-09-25
Nakamichi CM300 + CP4REAR > d-5>cm >cdr
Taped and discs kindly provided by Mark Horvath
Eac > cool edit pro > shntool > cdwav > shnv3 By Ernie Dodd
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Good show
No show is perfect; trust me I have listened to thousands...but this certainly has high notes and x-factor elements.
Worth getting for sound quality and a handful a of songs.
This night is just a snapshot in the journey and no one can hang their hat on any one show. There are elements of every show that manage to etch onto the brain; enjoy and keep on truckin’.
Subject: My next last show ever
Subject: Six-day run
After a 9-day sold out run at MSG (which had the highly-traded 9/10 show) came a 6-day Boston Garden run of which this is the 5th. (A 4-day run at Oakland Coliseum followed which featured the oft-remarked 10/31 show). So what's the deal? Is this as good as those '91 high points? It was released as Dick's Picks #17 chiefly because there was (is) no SB in circ (though by '91 always good AUDs) and because of the first "That Would Be Something" (not that first versions are ever good). The so-called "Clam Jam" is the jam they sponsor before Drums to make up for a weak set so-far. Probably not the best of the Boston run and, though not as bad as DP 13, still a pointless Dick's Pick. There's much better stuff in '91 (e.g. the above-mentioned plus one of the Cal-Expo shows, one of the Vegas shows, Denver, 11/3, 6/14, 6/20, 6/22, a few more).
First Set. The top of the first is the highlight of the show. Though Help on the Way is typical '91, with Slipknot! things tighten. Perfectly played into Franklin's, Hornsby's great, which always fired Phil and Jer. Everybody is playing something good. Musta Been Roses is well above the average '91. Dire Wolf is played tight and with energy. Jer cuts off Vince during a creaky Queen Jane Approximately and the rest is average or less. Music Never Stopped just doesn't work with the Weir carnival-circus beat thing, but when Jer kicks in, well, he's having a hot set - he's not the wink link people online love to claim re: '91 (but, but I read all about some drug called "Persian" and he was the only stoned person in the world!).
Second Set. Rough start. And WTF is Vince doing in Crazy Fingers? Two weeks earlier he was nailing this shit. Halfway through Terrapin the set recovers and the jam out is one of the best of '91. That Would Be Something is the 1st one, then there were 3 in '93; 6 in '94; 7 in '95. I think I only saw one (Feb '95?) but it's not like any were memorable. Here, tugged this way and that (GDtRFB, Peggy-O), clearly they just came across it before Jer concedes for a quick lyric. But it's Vince that adds the highlight riff that cements Macca at the next one (Detroit '93), where it's fleshed-out. By Throwing Stones things are flat and torpid. Hornsby's solo is by far the best part and keeps the rails straight at the wreck site. It's a relief when they bail to Not Fade Away where Hornsby's the best part again. The rest is sloppy at best.
1st Set: C+
2nd Set: C-
Overall = 2 Stars
Slipknot! - Hornsby inspires
Franklin's Tower - the machine, everybody active
It Must Have Been the Roses - best of tour
Clam Jam out of Terrapin - Fall '91's postcard jam
SOURCES: This is a good sounding AUD and runs at the right speed, unlike the others. SBD is DP 17.
Subject: one vote begging to differ
This show is ok, definitely worth a listen, but why it's a Dick's Pick is honestly beyond me. It's loaded with slop and outright difficulty onstage. Blown lyrics and so on. There are some good moments but why, why, why?
Perhaps another Cornell 77 or 79-12-01 syndrome - lots of people raving while some are just scratching their heads.
So many better shows, honestly.
Subject: best show of the run
Subject: life changing
Two keyboards delver a truely dark trip.
go buy it cause the dp is worth every penny.
PS watch out for the victim it will suck you in and spit you out if your not careful!
Subject: I would pick this from Dick but...
Subject: Available on Dick's Picks #17
Subject: front row memory
Subject: 5 star performance, 3 star sound
Subject: dicks picks
Subject: DP 17
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